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ASPEN The length of time the Truscott Drive signal stays green for Highway 82 traffic will double beginning Tuesday, May 13, according to city officials.The extended green light will be in effect between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, which is the afternoon peak period of travel. Providing traffic additional time to travel through the Truscott Drive intersection should improve the traffic flow on Highway 82, city officials said.However, the extended green signal might result in an additional delay for drivers on Truscott Drive. The recommendation to adjust the signal timing came from a study of Highway 82 traffic conditions conducted on behalf of the city of Aspen. The study, entitled State Highway 82 Turn Restriction Analysis, was conducted by PBS&J, a Colorado engineering firm. The study evaluated restricting turns at the Truscott Drive and Cemetery Lane intersections. The study concluded that the only improvement that should be made right now is to double the cycle length of the traffic signal at the Highway 82/Truscott Drive intersection during the afternoon. For more information, contact the city of Aspens transportation department at 920-5042.

EL JEBEL Colorados state climatologist will be one of the featured speakers next week at an annual meeting that focuses on issues in the Roaring Fork River watershed.The State of the River meeting will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Eagle County Building in El Jebel.State climatologist Nolan Doeskin will discuss local and statewide climate issues and their potential impacts on water supplies. The meeting also will feature a presentation by Xcel Energy on its Shoshone Hydro Plant in Glenwood Canyon.Fish biologist Bill Miller will share results from his assessment of the impact of a flash flood last summer on Seven Castles Creek. The creek pumped tons of sediment into the Fryingpan River after a heavy downpour last August. Miller was hired to assess the effects on the habitat for trout and bugs.The meeting is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Colorado River District, the Roaring Fork Conservancy and the Ruedi Water and Power Authority. For more information, contact Jim Pokrandt of the Colorado River District at 945-8522, ext. 236, or e-mail

EAGLE COUNTY An Eagle County deputys driving without insurance citation recently was dismissed last week after his insurance company reversed its position.A police report says Deputy David Lawson, who works at the Eagle County Sheriffs Office in El Jebel, admitted running into Karen Niemeyers Jeep with his white Dodge truck on Feb. 21 at Village Road and Highway 133.The Carbondale Police Department cited Lawson with driving without valid insurance about a month later, after the Niemeyers brought in a copy of a letter from Lawsons insurance company. That letter from Farmers Insurance Group stated Lawsons policy lapsed for nonpayment on Feb. 11, so no claims for the accident could be considered.But after attorney Chad Barsness contacted Farmers more recently, the insurance company sent another letter stating, Our investigation has determined that Mr. David Lawsons policy was active for the date of loss, Feb. 21, 2008.

ASPEN Anyone interested in the developments of historic preservation in Aspen might want to keep Monday afternoon free.The Historic Preservation Task Force will be meeting from noon to 2 p.m. May 12 at the Given Institute, 100 E. Francis Avenue. Representatives of the National Trust for Historic Preservation will speak, including Barbara Pahl, director of the Mountains/Plains Regional Office; Jim Lindberg, assistant director of the Mountains/Plains Regional Office; Adrian Scott Fine, director of the Northeast Field Office; and Christy MacLear, executive director of the Phillip Johnson Glass House (a National Trust-owned property). The speakers coming to Mondays meeting are simply fantastic, said Amy Guthrie, historic preservation officer for the city of Aspen. The meeting isnt just for members of the task force either. Its open to the public, and everyone is invited to attend and learn more about historic preservation. Other upcoming meetings of the group include: Noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, May 22 Group bus tour of historic properties in Aspen. Meet at City Hall (Hopkins Avenue side) for bus pick up. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, call Guthrie at 429-2758. Noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, June 19 Screening of new documentary on Aspen historic preservation, followed by a presentation by national experts. The location of the meeting is yet to be determined.

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